WANTED: Pro and Amateur BBQ Chefs to Fire Up the 2019 Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 26, 27 & 28, 2019



WANTED: Pro and Amateur BBQ Chefs to Fire Up the 2019 Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge

February 19, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival is seeking both professional BBQ teams and amateur backyard grillers to compete in the fourth annual Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.

On Saturday, July 27, seasoned professionals will face off in the Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge, officially sanctioned and judged by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). Teams will compete for prize money, trophies, and bragging rights—not to mention the coveted People’s Choice Award. In 2018 the total purse was $11,000 plus trophies. Each team will barbecue pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and brisket—plus an optional category just for the Gilroy competition, “Anything Goes with Garlic.”

A panel of KCBS certified judges will select winners for each of the five categories, who will be announced on Saturday afternoon on the Great Garlic Cook-Off Stage. Festival guests can purchase tasting tickets to sample BBQ dishes and vote for their own “People’s Choice” award winner at the BBQ Sampling Ticket Booth.

Sunday, July 28 will be the Gilroy Garlic Festival Backyard BBQ Rib Throwdown, open to amateur grillers and local residents who have never participated in a sanctioned professional BBQ event but want to show off their very best garlicky rib recipes. Prize money will be awarded to the top three teams. Garlic is a required ingredient; participants will be expected to provide their own meat, ingredients and grilling equipment. Festival guests can also purchase tasting tickets on Sunday.

Teams interested in competing are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as a limited number of spaces are available. Official contest rules and online application forms for teams and judges are posted at gilroygarlicfestival.com.



About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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